2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

From Components to Systems, From Buildings to Communities

Asilomar Conference Grounds
Pacific Grove, CA
August 21, 2016 to August 26, 2016

OverviewProgram | Plenary Sessions | Informal Sessions | Registration | Accommodations | Champion Award | Scholarship | Past Buildings Summer Study


Buildings Summer Study Overview

The 2016 Summer Study will be the 19th biennial ACEEE conference on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. A diverse group of professionals from around the world will gather at this pre-eminent meeting to discuss the technological basis for, and practical implementation of, actions to reduce energy use and the climate impacts associated with buildings. The Summer Study enables sharing of ideas and dialog among leading thinkers, visionaries, and luminaries in the field, while in the midst of the magnificent natural setting of Asilomar.

Past Participants Have Included: Policymakers; utility staff; architects; builders; financial and insurance professionals involved with buildings; clean-tech investors; building products, equipment, and appliance manufacturers; building owners and operators; engineers; local, state, and federal agency personnel; energy researchers; NGOs; consultants; behavioral scientists; and energy efficiency professionals.

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2016 Program Committee



  • Ideally, papers should be less than 12 pages.  Should your paper exceed 12 pages, a fee of $100 per page overage fee will be imposed for pages 12-16.  No paper can exceed 16 pages.  Fees must be paid in full before July 15 or your Summer Study paper will not be published.  Click here to pay any overage fees due.
  • Shipping Information for Poster Presenters – Asilomar requires shipping/receiving of all packages through Tricord Tradeshow Services.  Use these forms when shipping to Asilomar.
  • To order any additional audio visual equipment, please use the Audio visual Equipment Order Form.


Papers have now been selected for presentation! Click on the links in the panels below to view the list of titles and authors.

Session Schedules by Panel (subject to change):

PANEL 1           PANEL 2          PANEL 3        PANEL 4         PANEL 5       PANEL 6

PANEL 7           PANEL 8          PANEL 9        PANEL 10       PANEL 11    PANEL 12  

Click on the Panel below for its detailed description. 

PANEL 1 - Residential Buildings: Technologies, Design, Performance Analysis, Construction, and Building Industry Trends
David Roberts, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Meli Stylianou, Natural Resources Canada 
Click here to see list of accepted papers/authors in this panel. 

PANEL 2 - Residential Buildings: Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
Valerie Richardson, DNV GL and Tory Weber, Southern California Edison
Click here to see list of accepted papers/authors in this panel. 

PANEL 3 - Commercial Buildings: Technologies, Design, Performance Analysis, Construction, and Building Industry Trends
Srinivas Katipamula, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Clay Nesler, Johnson Controls, Inc.
Click here to see list of accepted papers/authors in this panel. 

PANEL 4 - Commercial Buildings: Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
Tom Coughlin, National Grid and Ramin Faramarzi, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Click here to see list of accepted papers/authors in this panel. 

PANEL 5 – Codes and Standards
Bing Liu, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and My Ton, P&R Energy LLC
Click here to see list of accepted papers/authors in this panel. 

PANEL 6 - Utilities and the Future
Rafael Friedmann, Pacific Gas & Electric Company and Tim Stout, E Source
Click here to see list of accepted papers/authors in this panel. 

PANEL 7 - Market Transformation with Speed and Scale
Chad Bulman, Chicago Bridge & Iron and Susan Hermenet, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance 
Click here to see list of accepted papers/authors in this panel. 

PANEL 8 - Capturing Savings through Behavior
Tianzhen Hong, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and David Lehrer, University of California, Berkeley
Click here to see list of accepted papers/authors in this panel.

PANEL 9 – Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Policy: U.S. & Beyond
Adam Hinge, Sustainable Energy Partnerships and John Wilson, Energy Foundation
Click here to see list of accepted papers/authors in this panel.

PANEL 10 – Net Zero, Net Positive
Paul Torcellini, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Peter Turnbull, Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Click here to see list of accepted papers/authors in this panel.

PANEL 11 - Resilient, Sustainable Communities
Katherine Johnson, District of Columbia Department of the Environment and Stephanie Ohshita, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Click here to see list of accepted papers/authors in this panel.

PANEL 12 - Smart Buildings, Smart Grid, Information Technology
Larry Brackney, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Chad Gilless, EnerNOC
Click here to see list of accepted papers/authors in this panel.

PANEL 13 - Poster Display Presentations
Kristen Parrish, Arizona State University
Click here to see list of accepted papers/authors in this panel.

Plenary Sessions

Cole RobertsSunday, August 21

Cole Roberts, Associate Principal

Energy & Resource Sustainability, Arup

From Zero Net Energy Buildings to Zero Net Energy Communities

Cole leads the energy and sustainability business in Arup’s 300 person San Francisco office, specializing in design, planning, and innovation in the new and existing built environment.  He is a co-author of the book “Two Degrees – Our Built Environment and the Changing Climate” and has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences.  He is a published contributor to many peer reviewed journals and is a frequent guest lecturer at Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley.  Most recently, Cole has led Arup’s WeatherShift initiative to generate future climate data for 250 of the largest cities in the world.

Monday, August 22

Bill Ritter, Governor

Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State University

Powering Forward:  What Every American Should Know About America’s
Clean Energy Revolution

Governor Bill Ritter was elected Colorado's 41st governor in 2006.   During his four year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy by building a New Energy Economy. After leaving the Governor’s Office, Ritter founded the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University, which works with state and federal policy makers to create clean energy policy throughout the country.  Governor Ritter has authored a book that was recently published entitled, Powering Forward – What Everyone should know about America’s Energy Revolution.


Tuesday, August 23

Hunt Allcott, Assistant Professor of Economics

New York University

The Economics of Energy Efficiency

Hunt Allcott is an Assistant Professor of Economics at New York University and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is a Scientific Director of ideas42, a think tank that applies insights from psychology and economics to business and policy design problems, an Affiliate of Poverty Action Lab, a network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty, and a Faculty Affiliate of E2e, a group of economists, engineers, and behavioral scientists focused on evaluating and improving energy efficiency policy. He is also a Contributing Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report. According to a recent article in the American Economic Journal, Professor Allcott is one of the top five most-cited economists who have completed a PhD after 2005. 

Professor Allcott holds a PhD from Harvard University and a BS and MS from Stanford University. Before coming to NYU, he was the Energy and Society Fellow in the MIT Economics Department and the MIT Energy Initiative. During academic year 2013-2014, he was a visiting professor at Berkeley, Stanford, and the University of Chicago. He has also worked in the private sector as a consultant with Cambridge Energy Research Associates and in international development as a consultant to the World Bank.

Professor Allcott is an applied microeconomist who studies topics in environmental and energy economics, industrial organization, behavioral economics, and development microeconomics. He uses a variety of tools, including both structural and reduced form econometrics, applied theory, and randomized field experiments.

Informal Sessions

Pre-conference requests are now closed.

Informal Sessions allow individuals an open forum to meet and follow up on the ideas and issues raised during formal presentations. They are also a venue to facilitate discussion of other topics of mutual interest to participants.

A limited number of requests for Informal Sessions were made available prior to Summer Study.  Click here  to see the advance list.  We will resume Informal Session signups onsite at Asilomar on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please come to the Surf & Sand office to sign up if you would like to host an Informal Session. Plan to include the following information when you make your request onsite at Asilomar: Name/Organization, Date/Time Preference, and a 100-word description of what will be discussed during session.  Locations for all Informal Sessions will be announced at Summer Study.

Three afternoons during Summer Study are set aside for Informal Sessions:

          Monday, August 22                          2:00 – 4:00 pm                4:00 – 6:00 pm

          Tuesday, August 23                          2:00 – 4:00 pm

          Thursday, August 25                        2:00 – 4:00 pm

Important to note:

  • You must be a registered attendee of Summer Study to request and/or facilitate an Informal Session.
  • The sessions are meant to be an open forum for discussions. Advertising, product demonstration, or marketing by a company are strictly prohibited.
  • Since the sessions are meant to be informal, no AV will be provided.
  • Requests will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Due to space and time limitations, we will only accept one submission per Summer Study registrant.


Registration now open for the 2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Late registration rates are now in effect through August 25.

Register in one of two ways:

  1. Register online:
  2. Fill out the PDF registration form, scan, and email to: Justine Seas, aceeeconf@aceee.org

Group Registrations: Groups registering ten (10) or more individuals for the full conference will receive a discounted rate of $922 per person. Group registrations must be submitted together via email or mail.

Rotations/Sharing: ACEEE does not offer the option of rotations or sharing of registrations. The minimal registration option available is a one-day rate.

Student Registration: If registering at the student rate, please send a copy of your transcript showing current enrollment in at least 12 credit hours per semester, as well as a copy of a valid student ID to aceeeconf@aceee.org.

Funder/Ally Waivers: Contact Lynn Pyle to check on the availability of registration waivers if you are a Summer Study funder or ACEEE Ally member.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Registration refund requests due to cancellation must be submitted in writing and received no later than July 22, 2016. A $150 processing fee will be charged. Cancellation refunds will not be processed after the July 22 deadline. Refunds will be paid by check or credit card chargebacks.


Asilomar Conference Grounds
800 Asilomar Ave,
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Full week (Sunday - Friday) accommodations at Asilomar are now available. Make your reservations at Asilomar as soon as possible as space is limited! Click on the link below to make your reservation online at Asilomar.


Meals are included with on-site housing at Asilomar. If you plan to stay off-site, meal tickets will be available for purchase daily from 7:00 -9:00 am; 11:00 am – 1:00 pm; and 4:30-6:30 pm at the Asilomar Registration Desk in the Hearst Social Hall. Meal tickets are nonrefundable and nonexchangeable.


Shuttle information from the three nearby airports (San Francisco (SFO) - 2-hour drive; San Jose (SJC) - 1-hour drive; and Monterey (MRY) - 15 minute drive) can be found at: www.montereyairbus.com

Asilomar’s website, www.visitasilomar.com, also provides information about transportation and activities in the Monterey area. You can contact Asilomar directly at 888-635-5310 for information.

2016 Champion of Energy Efficiency in Buildings Awards

The nomination period for the Champion of Energy Efficiency in Buildings awards has passed. The awards will be presented at the 2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings and will recognize leadership and accomplishment in buildings energy efficiency. Winners will be notified during the week of July 18. Winners will be selected based on demonstrated excellence in the following categories:

  • Research and Development (R&D): Excellence in research and development including baseline or background research, as well as R&D of products and practices.

  • Energy Policy: Excellence in energy policy including writing, educating, promoting, and supporting energy efficiency in energy policy at the federal, state, or local level.​

  • Implementation and Deployment: Effective design and implementation of programs or projects, including achievement of significant impacts on energy use.

  • Buildings Leadership: Exceptional personal leadership demonstrated in the development, implementation, and growth of important energy efficiency initiatives.

  • Lifetime Achievement: Continuous leadership that produces sustained impacts over time.

Nominations will be made by peers and the final awards will be chosen by the ACEEE Board of Directors’ Awards Committee.

The 2016 Champion awards will be presented on Tuesday evening, August 23 at the 2016 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings in Pacific Grove, California, August 21 – 26 at the Asilomar Conference Center. 

To learn more about the awards and to read about the previous winners in the buildings sector, please visit: aceee.org/press/2014/08/aceee-presents-2014-champions-energy.

If you have any questions, please contact Champions@aceee.org.


Linda Latham Scholarship

“I felt like I was truly part of a fantastic group of people wanting to make a real difference…

one of the most amazing experiences of my graduate school experience.”
2014 Latham Scholar from UC Berkeley

Applications for Linda Latham Scholarships for attendance at the 2016 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings are now closed.

Scholarships are sponsored by the Linda Latham Scholarship Fund which was established in memory of Linda Latham who served as ACEEE’s Chief Operating Officer until her untimely death in September 2011. Linda believed that students bring talent and creativity to the field of energy efficiency especially if we provide a venue to inspire and educate them. For the 2016 Summer Study, Linda Latham Scholarships are were awarded to students at three different scholarship levels.

Questions about the Linda Latham Scholarship may be directed to scholarships@aceee.org.

Help support our Linda Latham Scholars!

They are our next generation of energy efficiency professionals. Their attendance at Summer Study is due to the generosity of people like you who understand the importance of their participation and the learning and networking opportunities only Summer Study can offer.